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Trip to England – 2017

It’s decided! I have always wanted to visit the Cotswolds in England. I’ve been to London, but when I was there, everyone said “Yes, the gardens here are outstanding but if you REALLY want to see the prettiest part of our country, don’t miss the Cotswolds!” So I’m going….and I’d...

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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn. I have tips on planting a new lawn or an existing lawn, whether with seed or sod. I also cover what kind of fescue is best. It is not as important as you think it is, but everyone’s...

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Venomous (Poisonous) Caterpillars – Photos

Several kinds of venomous caterpillars are commonly seen in late summer – early fall. They are usually inconspicuous, so when one is encountered it’s “OUCH – what stung me???!!“. Below are photos of those you might find in the Southeast. Because they are so uncommon and because they feed on...

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Turfgrasses (Lawn Grass) – Identifying

Unlike trees, which have distinctive leaves, or blooming plants, which have distinctive flowers, turfgrass identification is much more difficult for the amateur . There are five major lawn grasses grown in Georgia. Following are characteristics that will help you distinguish them: TALL FESCUE is green throughout the year but tends...

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Leyland Cypress – Limited Lifespan

Nothing lives forever. Whether plant or animal, living things seem to have typical life spans: some measured in centuries and some in days. Leyland cypress is enormously popular in Southern landscapes. It’s been planted by the millions.  Even so, it is not particularly suited for heat and drought. Both lead...

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  • Black currant – Variety

    Q: I would like to grow black currant bushes. Are there any varieties which can be grown in GA? A: Unfortunately, our summers are much too hot for currants. The only place I would try to grow them is in...

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  • Snakes – Protection

    Q: Last summer, my lawn care crew killed a copperhead snake in the ivy behind my house. There is a creek nearby. I’ve heard that spreading lime or mothballs in the ivy would deter the snakes. Do either of these...

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    Q: I have two four-year old willow oaks in my backyard. One is much fuller and its leaves look healthier than the other. I might have planted the one that looks less healthy too low in the ground? If this...

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    Q: We recently bought a peach tree in a pot. It has already started fruiting. Would it be better to wait until after it produces its fruit to plant it or should we plant it in the ground? A: It’s...

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  • Tulip – Bulb Replacing

    Q: My wife put tulip and daffodil bulbs in planters last fall. This spring they bloomed very nicely. Can we replant the bulbs? A: You can transplant daffodil bulbs after the leaves start turning yellow in mid-May. Tulips don’t usually...

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  • Sun Protection – Hat

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  • St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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Roly-poly (sowbug, pillbug) – Overabundance

Q: Are an overabundance of roly-poly bugs a problem? A: These shrimp-kin are not usually a problem except when very young seedlings or transplants are present. They will chew on the stems and consume enough leaves to kill the plants....

READ MORE

Black currant – Variety

Q: I would like to grow black currant bushes. Are there any varieties which can be grown in GA? A: Unfortunately, our summers are much too hot for currants. The only place I would try to grow them is in...

READ MORE

Zoysia – Overseed

Q: My turf care company told me that I need to overseed the thin zoysia in my shady back yard with zoysiagrass seed. Does this make sense? A: If the thin areas are bare enough that you won’t worry about...

READ MORE

Golf course – Green grass

Q: How does a golf course with bermuda or bentgrass greens keep them green in the winter? A: Bermudagrass is normally brown in winter so golf courses overseed with ryegrass in September. The ryegrass is green all winter, keeping the...

READ MORE

Compost pile – Grass clippings

Q: I have a compost pile that is heating up very nicely. Should I be concerned with using grass clippings that may contain weed seeds? A: If the pile gets hot enough (140 degrees for 3 days) you’ll kill the...

READ MORE

Standing water – Evergreen

Q: I have area where water stands after we get rain. I’ve had Leyland cypress there but they are dying because of wet feet. I need an evergreen plant for screening that’s six feet tall. A: The following shrubs can...

READ MORE

Snakes – Protection

Q: Last summer, my lawn care crew killed a copperhead snake in the ivy behind my house. There is a creek nearby. I’ve heard that spreading lime or mothballs in the ivy would deter the snakes. Do either of these...

READ MORE

Willows – Health

Q: I have two four-year old willow oaks in my backyard. One is much fuller and its leaves look healthier than the other. I might have planted the one that looks less healthy too low in the ground? If this...

READ MORE

Zoysia – Planting

Q: I’ve got a back yard that is two-thirds zoysia and one-third weeds. I would like to plug pieces of the existing zoysia into the non-zoysia areas. When is the best time of year to do this? A: Mid-May through...

READ MORE

Peach tree – Planting

Q: We recently bought a peach tree in a pot. It has already started fruiting. Would it be better to wait until after it produces its fruit to plant it or should we plant it in the ground? A: It’s...

READ MORE

Tulip – Bulb Replacing

Q: My wife put tulip and daffodil bulbs in planters last fall. This spring they bloomed very nicely. Can we replant the bulbs? A: You can transplant daffodil bulbs after the leaves start turning yellow in mid-May. Tulips don’t usually...

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Ruts – Removal

Q: When a company removed trees from my yard, their truck left four-inch deep ruts in the lawn. How can I fix them? A: If any grass survived in the bottom of the ruts, lift it out and set it...

READ MORE

Garden – Topsoil

Q: We recently purchased a new house and want to put a garden in the backyard. I imagine the builder skimmed off the topsoil before planting grass there. Would you remove the clay and replace it with topsoil before planting?...

READ MORE

Fruit trees – Production

Q: Can you provide any recommendations as to what fruit trees produce well in this part of Georgia? A: Even though Georgia is known as “The Peach State”, peaches are not very easy to grow here. Plums are not much...

READ MORE

Lenten rose – Propagation

Q: Do you have any helpful information about propagating Lenten roses? They have large pods which drop lots of seeds. A: If your Lenten roses have bloomed in the same spot more than once you probably have seedlings there now....

READ MORE

Sun Protection – Hat

Q: As an avid gardener and a victim of skin cancer, I am looking for the optimal sun protection hat. What hat does Dr. Allen Armitage wear on your TV show? A: Nationally known University of Georgia horticulturist Allen Armitage...

READ MORE

Propagate – Aloe plant

Q: Can you please tell me how to propagate an aloe plant and a Mother-in-law’s Tongue? A: Make a 1:1 mix of potting soil and perlite. Mix with enough water so that when you squeeze a handful no water comes...

READ MORE

Fescue Infestation – Getting rid of

Q: I accidentally seeded my lawn with fescue. I had a beautiful bermuda lawn and now the fescue is taking over. How can I get rid of it? A: The easiest thing would be to apply imazaquin (Image for Nutgrass)...

READ MORE

Weeds – Identification with Pictures

Weed control in the landscape is a tough business. You have to know a lot about the weed in question just to get started! As in most situations, a picture is worth a thousand words. Go through the sites below,...

READ MORE

Diagnosing (Identifying) Holes in the Yard

Sometimes many heads are better than one when it comes to solving a problem. Wade Hutcheson, my Extension colleague in Spalding county, gets plenty of calls from the citizens of his area asking his help in identifying various holes in...

READ MORE

Brown Patch – Diagnosing

You have brown patches of dead grass in your lawn. Is it the common lawn disease ‘brown patch’ or is it something else? The answer is important: if it is brown patch you probably need to spray with a fungicide....

READ MORE

Bermuda – Weed Control

BASIC INFORMATION: Weed Identification Pictures General Turf and Weed Info Lawn Care Calendars THREE METHODS There are three primary methods of controlling weeds. Any one method, when used alone, will not usually control all of your weeds. To consistently control...

READ MORE

Lawn – Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application

One of the sourest phrases that can be directed at a child or adult is “I told you so!” Whether you touch a hot match, leave tools out in the rain, or lift cinder blocks all afternoon, someone is usually...

READ MORE

St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

Q: Please tell me where I can buy St. Augustine grass seeds. Our lawn has some now and we like it a lot, but we’re having trouble finding seeds. A: You can’t buy St. Augustinegrass seed. The plant is very...

READ MORE

Lawn – Growing in Shade

OK. I admit it. I have given up. I came to the conclusion that grass just would not grow in the corner of my lawn near the ornamental cherry trees. The shade there is so dense that my grass, no...

READ MORE

Lawn – Leveling

A new home in my neighborhood had bermudagrass sod planted in March. By May, one area was a perfect checkerboard of straight lines, composed of weedy plants, surrounding the individual squares of sod. Evidently the sod installers were in such...

READ MORE

Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

Brown patch is most prevalent on bermudagrass which has been heavily fertilized when night temperatures are above 68 degrees and day temperature are above 80 degrees. Dead patches of grass may start small but can grow and join together to...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Pruning

One of the most confounding arguments I face is whether and how to prune crapemyrtles. They are mercilessly “murdered” by unaware landscapers and homeowners each winter… yet they still bloom in summer. Some people even believe a crapemyrtle won’t bloom...

READ MORE